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  1. I suspect that a lot of this information is simply not known as yet, because they likely are still hammering out some of the details. But in Vancouver, the "attendants" are capable of operating the trains if need be. They are also there for security reasons, in the event of an evacuation. I can't see why that wouldn't be the case with the REM as well. Very, very few systems are designed and operated without any onboard human intervention, and those that are also have to design their life-safety systems to take into account the fact that people who are not trained on them will be using them. I'm not saying that's what will happen here, but it is something that they have to know ahead of time. Dan
  2. So you should replace the system because the lights are burned out? Wouldn't that be like running out and buying a new car because you ran out of gas? Dan
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    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    Now this - this I will agree with. Had they done that after discussions with the union, there wouldn't really be much to talk about. But by that same token, drivers used to be required to wear their badge number on their person. This is sort of a return to that. Dan
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    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    Are you really so fucking stupid as to suggest that people should pay $25 to lodge a complaint?!? (Actually, don't answer that. The fact that you'd even suggest it says enough about it.) I've got some bad news for you - it's been pretty fucking easy to complain about drivers like you for a very long time. I've done it in person, over the phone, by email and through the form on the website. And where justified, drivers like you will hear about it. And when it is not, you won't. (Conversely, it is just as easy to put in a commendation when deserved as well. But maybe because you haven't gotten any, you're butthurt?) Nothing will change buttercup. But maybe it's time to welcome you to 2018. Dan Edit: Oh, and by the way, please show me what transit agency charges $25 to lodge for a complaint.
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    TTC Service Changes

    It was "broke". They were very quickly running out of numbers. Dan
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    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    If you truly believe that, I have a plot of land in Florida for sale.... But in all seriousness, how do you think that this is going to change anything? Customers are and have been perfectly capable of lodging complaints based on the route number, time, vehicle number, etc - all things that are not the employee number. Showing the employee number - a five digit number that is harder to memorize than something easy like a route number or bus number - is not going to change things one single bit. Dan
  7. Have they actually said that the trains will be unattended? Automation doesn't automatically mean mean unstaffed as well. Of course, the Vancouver SkyTrain and Canada Line are largely (although not totally unstaffed), and they've never seemed to have any major issues with evacuations - the few times that they've needed to. Dan
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    The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    The SelTrac system that they are using allows for some built-in degregated operational capabilites. If something happens to the onboard ATO for instance, the operators can operate the cars in manual with the ATC system. The system also allows for the onboard computers to take over some of the central computer's processing in a pinch. But if the ATC system fails, there is no secondary system to fall back on. By that same token, that would be like the TTC's wayside signal system failing - there is nothing to do but stop the trains and repair the issues before restarting the system. Dan
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    The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    The signalling system is the riskiest, in the sense that it is the most complex part of the whole thing. Without it, you can't have trains running. But considering how the testing seems to have been going, it seems that there's nothing too concerning to worry about. Dan
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    The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    From what I've seen and heard of Tunney's Pasture and Bayview, the issues there are not ones that will prevent a train from operating through there, or affect the few life-safety systems at those two stations. The issues at Rideau are. The signal system is really not much of a risk at all. It is active and operational east of uOttawa Station, and extending it to the west is much easier than starting the install from scratch. And considering that they are installing a brand new system on brand new tracks, their life is a lot easier than if they were trying to install it overtop of an existing system. Dan
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    TTC GM Fleet Reminiscing

    My research has not been conclusive by any means, but it does also seem that at least quite a few of the suburbans built prior to about 1972 appear to have two side emergency exit doors - one on each side. And that certainly does make sense as it parallels the production of the transit versions, and the changeover from the closed-side emergency exit door to the roof hatches. Dan
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    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries and Spottings

    So, not only do you make the throwaway comment that was corrected, but you want to get the last word in before trying to change the subject? Nice. In any case, you are correct. We should get back onto the topic. Dan
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    The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    Rideau Station was, and remains, on the critical path to the opening of the line. Any delays to it's work over the next little while would put into jeopardy the handover to the City by that date, although they are finally getting close to the point at which delays will no long affect other portions of the line, and thus the line's handover. But considering that the majority of the work left to do is basically finishing the finishes inside the stations - which is the type of thing that they can do while trains are testing the various systems that they need to test before getting signed off on - I wouldn't be so skeptical. In fact, many of the finishes can be completed after the line opens for revenue service if absolutely necessary. Dan
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    TTC GM Fleet Reminiscing

    Well, that is interesting. I guess the question now becomes - was this a specific Grey Coach option, or was it standard for all suburbans past a certain date? Dan
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    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries and Spottings

    The DRL hasn't been the number one priority of the TTC's rapid transit expansion until the past 10 years or so, and even then that was only because their hand was forced. Maybe of the dreamers and schemers, but most certainly not of the City or the TTC. Dan
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